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Saving Lucas Biggs

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Girl time-travels to save dad in thought-provoking story.

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SAVING LUCAS BIGGS is an ambitious book that will teach readers about a wide range of topics, including fracking, Quaker history, and what it means to be a whistle-blower. As readers travel through the late 1930s and the modern day with brave Margaret, they'll also be left to think about their own definitions of brave, including whether pacifists would be included in the description and whether they believe small acts of goodness can trump true evil. Time travel is an essential element of the plot, but this book is better off for tweens interested in social justice than science fiction.

Some may think that the conclusion comes off as overly convenient, and it does read a bit like a simplistic Hollywood ending. But the book's more complicated ideas about collective good and bravery -- and the sweet characters such as Margaret, Charlie, and their families, who continue to stand by those they love -- will keep readers engaged to the end.

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